SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
Cree | kee-yaa-now
"We are a family. We choose to do our best to be kind to one another, to respect ourselves and each other, to nourish our child, to protect him, to help him cultivate his cultural identity as well as the confidence to stand tall. And we know that we cannot do this alone; that it takes a community to help a family succeed. We acknowledge Canada’s dark history, and we choose to move forward, to create a future in which our child can not only live safely, but where he can feel that he belongs, and is recognized for the gift that he is. Kîyânaw is an album of hope and gratitude for the world that we live in. We believe that music heals, and that stories, both personal and political, have the power to transform our world-views and the attitudes we have toward each other; which in turn helps our family thrive. From the thunderous Pay No Mind, to the introspective Prayer, Kîyânaw is a collaborative effort; a collection of beautiful and unique folk and folk-blues songs. With this album, we encourage the reclamation of each other's respective cultures while choosing to be stronger, together."
-NADIA & JASON BURNSTICK
It’s folk music that’s brimming with the kind of chemistry that could only come from a husband and wife. Jason, a Plains-Cree guitarist, and Nadia, a Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter, create the award-winning duo: Burnstick. Two performers whose voices and languages blend together with ease, Burnstick pushes the boundaries of contemporary folk music, weaving together the unique sounds of vintage Weissenborns with intriguing vocal harmonies, while allowing the beauty of simple melodies to shine through. Between their witty banter and delightful stories, it is hard to deny the magic they create as they command the stage with their palpable performances. In 2015, created an award-winning all-original lullaby album that married languages and bridged cultures. Coming back to their folk roots, Burnstick has released its long-awaited debut album, Kîyânaw, featuring thunderous singles "Pay No Mind" and "Some Kind of Hell", topping the charts of NCI's Indigenous Music Countdown in Canada. With this album, Burnstick encourages the reclamation of each other's respective cultures while choosing to be stronger, together.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Indigenous Artist of Group of the Year - Nomination - The JUNO Awards
Single of the Year - WINNER - Canadian Folk Music Awards
Indigenous Songwriters of the Year - Nomination - Canadian Folk Music Awards
Independent Music Awards - Nomination - Americana Album of the Year
Western Canadian Music Awards - Nomination - Indigenous Artist of the Year
Indigenous Music Awards - Nomination - Folk Album of the Year
Canadian Folk Music Awards - Nomination - Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year
Canadian Folk Music Awards - Nomination - Children's Album of the Year
Western Canadian Music Awards - WINNER- Children's Artist of the Year
Western Canadian Music Awards - Nomination - Aboriginal Artist of the Year
Western Canadian Music Awards - Nomination - Francophone Artist of the Year
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“Kîyânaw is simply a great album, now available on all platforms. If your a fan of bands like Fleetwood Mac, Wilco, Warpaint, be extra sure to check Burnstick out..”
-DAVID MCLEOD, NCI
SOME KIND OF HELL - Lyric Video
PRAYER - Video
Jason Burnstick: Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Weissenborn, Percussion, Sampling
Nadia Burnstick: Vocals, Piano
Marie-Josée Dandeneau: Upright Bass (5, 6)
Christian Dugas: Drums (6, 7)
Cody Iwasiuk: Drums (4)
Bruce Jacobs: Bass (7, 8, 9)
David Landreth: Bass (4)
Daniel Roy: Drums (1, 2, 4)
Paul Yee: Bass (1, 2)
Produced by Jason & Nadia Burnstick, except Some Kind of Hell, produced by Jason Burnstick & Murray Pulver.
Mixed by Paul James, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Mastered by Peter Letros at Wreckhouse, Toronto, Ontario.
PHOTOS FOR DOWNLOAD
LIVE DUO (no band)